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after cruising through confirmation in the senate. president obama's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. former senator chuck hagel, a vietnam veteran, took heavy fire from members of his own party for his opposition to the 2007 troop surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in the country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> well, i'm not going to give you a -- a yes or no answer on a lot of things today. >> let the record show you refuse to answer that question. >> reporter: he was hammered by gop senators who said he was too tough on israel. and soft on iran. he was grilled about referring to pro-israeli groups at the jewish lobby. >> i am sorry. >> reporter: he talked about the nuclear weapons of iran. >> i misstated. i've just been handed a note that i misspoke and said i supported the president's position on containment. >> reporter: despite the bruising hearing, he's still likely to be confirmed. if so, he'll be the first defense secretary that saw combat as an enlis
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